New Orleans Groovin’
DJ Soul Sister digs into her collection and presents rare soul, funk and disco recorded in and around her hometown of New Orleans.
From one of America’s most iconic music capitals, the queen of rare groove takes an in-depth look into the many tangents of modern American soul, disco and funk. This month, our host DJ Soul Sister journeys into the furthest reaches of the Big Easy and finds music by Eddie Bo, the Meters, Earl King, Chocolate Milk and Muchos Plus.
The Unit Band - Unit’s Groove (1983)
The Batiste Brothers Band - Freeze (1982)
Walter “Wolfman” Washington & Solar System - Get on Up (1981)
Chocolate Milk - You’re the One (1979)
Dorian - Stacked to the ‘T’ (1984)
Carl Marshall & the S.D.’s - Come Groove with Me (1980)
Eddie Bo - Steppers Step (1977)
The Wild Magnolias with the New Orleans Project - Smoke My Peace Pipe (Smoke it Right) (1974)
The Wild Magnolias were the first Mardi Gras Indians to record and perform with a full band. The New Orleans Project was led by keyboardist and arranger Willie Tee, and the Wild Magnolias lead vocalist was Big Chief Bo Dollis.
21st Band - Fading Away (1979)
The Electrified A.G.B. (All Girls Band) - Fly Away! (late 1970s)
Sam Butera and the Witnesses - I Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Baby (1975)
Cover version of the Barry White hit single by saxophonist who worked regularly with Louis Prima and Keely Smith.
Al Hirt - Harlem Hendoo (1967)
Sampled in songs by De La Soul, The Roots, and Nightmares on Wax
Arthur Foy - Get Up and Dance (1980)
Bobby McLaughlin - Freaky (circa 1979)
The Meters - It Ain’t No Use (1974)
The members of the legendary Meters (Art Neville, Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, Jr., and Cyril Neville) received Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2018.
Ernest Skipper with Flag and the Boys - Shot Gun Joe Pt. 1 (early 80s)
Features the Dirty Dozen Brass Band horns and vocals from the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indians.
Muchos Plus - Funky Sherrif (1979)
Earl King - Street Parade (1972)
A Mardi Gras classic. Features The Meters rhythm section, Allen Toussaint on tambourine, and a horn section of uncredited Loyola University music students.
The Electrified A.G.B. - Shed Some Funk on You (late 1970s)
Chocolate Milk - Say Wont’cha (1979)
Sam Butera - Get Down to It (1978)
Muchos Plus - Nassau’s Discos (1979)
An updated cover version of The Beginning of the End’s “Funky Nassau.”
Dennis Lee & the Notables - Funky Penguin (1971)
Hollygrove - Love Me (1982)
Features lead vocals from future Galactic member Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet.
The Neville Brothers feat. Ivan Neville - Dance Your Blues Away (1979)
Written and arranged by Ivan Neville, who also plays keys and sings lead on this Neville Brothers single B-side.
Parlez - Make it, Shake it, Do it Good (1982)
A Mardi Gras-themed interpolation of Kurtis Blow’s Christmas Rappin’